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Theatre: Waiting for the Paint to Dry



Five years ago, Kathryn Jenkins ’12 was painting a set at Covenant College and thinking about how we use paint to cover up ugly things in our lives. She developed an idea for a play featuring a family with a mentally challenged sibling who paints. Five years later, Waiting for the Paint to Dry has made its way onto the stage at Covenant where Jenkins is directing its inaugural performance.


Presented by the Covenant College Drama Association, the story centers on two brothers—Ernest and Campbell. Campbell, played by David Grandouiller ’17, is the caretaker for his younger brother Ernest, who is autistic. 

 

“Campbell is much more serious than the last character I played (Fagin in Oliver!), so it's been a challenge trying to dig into his emotions and motivations,” said Grandouiller. “I've had a lot of help from other actors and my director. I've enjoyed it and learned a lot—both about acting and about people.”

 

Focusing mainly on Campbell and his caretaker relationship with Ernest, played by Daniel Pelts ’16, the play asks the question: is love enough in a non-romantic relationship?


“Campbell makes some pretty unfortunate decisions, but I hope they’re all understandable,” said Jenkins. “You can see the process of a man in a really tough situation trying to do the best he can and failing a lot. I hope that, through watching the play, people would learn to be kind.”


Waiting for the Paint to Dry will open with a preview performance on November, 14, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. Subsequent performances will run on November 15, 16, and 22 at 8:00 p.m. and November 23, at 2:30 p.m.


All performances are held in Sanderson Hall Auditorium. Tickets for the preview performance are $3. All subsequent performances are $5 and are available at the door or through reservation at boxoffice@covenant.edu or over the phone at 706.419.1051.